Completing the risk assessment

Since June 2020, Ramblers require us to complete a risk assessment for every walk.

You can download the risk assessment template as a PDF or Word doc from https://www.ramblers.org.uk/volunteer-zone/coronavirus/volunteering.

The Ramblers template is a tool to help you plan and lead group walks safely. Use it to assess whether your walk is safe to go ahead. It includes suggestions for ways to control the risks. The important thing is to identify potential hazards and note any actions you will take to reduce the risk.

It’s important to carry out a risk assessment before your walk takes place. You should start filling it out when planning your walk, and update it with any extra hazards that you notice on your recce. Although we advise doing a recce, it’s not compulsory.

You do not need to tick every box. 

You can tick off the following points which our website walk listings and booking forms cover:

  • Give clear information about booking to limit the group size.
  • Remind walkers beforehand about the guidelines, including on travel and transport.
  • Ensure you have a record of who attended the walk.
  • Suggest walkers bring hand sanitiser and/or wear gloves.